Painting, as a practice, has a long history of capitalizing on the sensual, intimate aspects of people and objects. From a lounging nude figure to a flourishing, still bouquet, artists have managed to depict both the beautiful and the banal in strikingly new lights.
For Carole Bayer Sager -- yes, the Carole Bayer Sager -- even a grilled cheese sandwich and a melting Hershey Kiss can qualify as the subject of an aesthetically gratifying work of art.
Sager, the singer-songwriter who's collaborated with Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond and Quincy Jones over her vast musical career, has been exhibiting her hyperreal renderings of savory foods since 2011. Capturing the delicious debris of carnal feasts, from crushed hard candy to crumbling cake, she transforms portraits of mouthwatering snacks into equally sensory-arousing, two-dimensional tributes.
Feast your eyes, and taste buds, on Sager's works below, set to go on view at William Turner Gallery on September 18.
Carole Bayer Sager's upcoming show will be on view at William Turner Gallery from September 18 to November 8.